Death and Desire: Concerning the Young Boy and Old Man

At a fishing hole sat a boy in his thirteenth year; with hopelessness of expression upon his face. And slow in his walk; came by an old man to whom the boy gave unto his thought saying:

“Sir, who is far in age, please, can you answer unto me, what of death, and of desire”? Answered the old man saying: in my judgment child, with face full of loneliness and despair. —

Concerning death: it is only but rest given onto the body for living a busy and merry life.  And of desire, which is of the flesh; is never satisfied, and is forever seeking to be fulfilled: whether be it of virtue or wickedness, its concern is only fulfillment.

Looking upon the old man’s face, spoke again the boy saying: “but sir, old man of wisdom and kind, my heart desires only death”.

Answered not the old man, but thought upon the boys age, and how he had no future vision of old age. And so, began to weep; for he also saw no future vision, and desire to be young again.